Within QGIS I'm working on a data set that contains species at 100m resolution (eg OSGB 6 fig) and 10m or finer resolution (eg OSGB 8 or 10fig). The objective is to count the number of unique species within a polygon layer and associated buffer layer.
In acknowledging the resolution differences between the lower (6 fig) and higher (8-10fig) resolution, I have created a buffer around the polygons within which any 6fig points are also to be included (ie they fall outside the polygon layer but within the buffer).
While finding unique values for the buffer and the actual polygons is straightforward (count points in polygon), I'm not sure how to combine this for two different operations without inevitably double counting species that lie within both the polygon and the buffer layer. Similarly, counting all points within the buffer does not work as it also includes high resolution outside the polygon within adjacent polygons.
In essence, what I want is a way to combine the count points in polygon operation across two separate but linked features to find the total unique values within both the polygon and buffer layer without having duplicates of the same species included. One possible solution I have thought of is creating a presence/absence matrix for each species within the polygon/buffer layers then combining using field calculator, however I'm struggling to achieve this.